The beginning of the snonkey

One day while I was dreaming up a children’s story, and feeling particularly obsessed with my pet snails, I was suddenly struck by the image of a monkey with a snail shell on its back.

Let’s back up a minute. Yes, I said “pet snails.” I’ve had an interest in snails since I was twelve years old when I found a small clutch of snail eggs in our garden. The pale soft eggs, each about the size of a whole black pepper seed,  just beneath the surface of our damp dark soil fascinated me. I put them, along with a good clump of soil, in a jar with a bit of nylon stocking stretched across the opening. Sometime later, a few tiny baby snails appeared. They were the most delicate and adorable things I had ever seen! Their shells were golden translucent and their eye stalks were short and stubby. The experiment ended badly, unfortunately; my tank-keeping skills left much to be desired and with a rambunctious puppy in the house, the tank proved an inhospitable place for the tiny captives.

Many years later, I decided to recreate the experiment. I did some research and set up a decent snail tank with a plastic lid. Instead of starting with eggs, I put in an adult snail and two adolescents, naming them Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. I enjoyed their company for a couple weeks and then I found a giant clutch of eggs in the tank! Evidently Flora had decided it was a perfect place to start a family. A little later and boy did we have a family! There were tons of tiny baby snails filling up the tank. I counted up to ninety.

Snail babies on my fingers
Too many babies!

So that was what was on my mind that day I started sketching and out came the snonkey, a snail-monkey.

Snonkey Sketches

Next time I’ll get to the felting part of the story. Meanwhile, if you’re so inclined, you can view more pics of my pet snails and read more of their story at my deviantArt gallery folder My Pet Snails.

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2 thoughts on “The beginning of the snonkey

  1. Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. I love it. Your picture is adorable as are your snonkeys. You’re a quite talented artist, as well. I hope the book emerges as did the baby snails. But what did you do with 90 of them?!

    Happy writing, drawing, and snail-making,
    Jill (Creaturosity from Etsy; maker of dreadsopi and writer of long-winded comments, conversations, and just about everything ese that can be written.

    1. Thank you, Jill! It’s great to have some comments on here, this sadly neglected blog of mine. Thank you, I’m pleased you like my drawings as well as the 3D crafts. 🙂 Haha, 90 was too much so I let a lot of them go when they got a little bigger, just let them crawl out in the yard. I’m sure my parents weren’t too thrilled about that!

      To you as well, the joy of creating in all its forms! ❤

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